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Gingrey seeking sixth term in Washington
by Noreen Lewis Cochran
October 09, 2012 04:53 PM | 2001 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Phil Gingrey
Phil Gingrey
Editor’s note: The Nov. 6 battle for U.S. District 11, which includes parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs, will be a contest between the incumbent, Republican Phil Gingrey, of Marietta, write-in Republican candidate Allan Levene, of Kennesaw, and Democratic contender Patrick Thompson, of Woodstock.

This story ran in its original form July 11. July 31 primary election results and campaign contribution information have been added and some content removed to match the previous word count.

The previous two times incumbent U.S. District 11 Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D., R-Marietta, encountered a challenge for Congress, he beat back his opponents by a two-to-one margin.

In the July primary, it was eight to one.

Gingrey raked in more than 80 percent of the total 93,532 votes cast, leaving less than 10 percent on the table for Republican challengers William Llop and Michael S. Opitz.

Like he did in the 2008 general election cycle against Democrat Bud Gammon and the 2002 Republican primary runoff against Cecil Staton, Gingrey is campaigning to stay in politics.

“I’m seeking reelection so that I may continue working to advance the conservative principles that my constituents of the 11th Congressional District hold dear, such as repealing Obamacare,” he said about the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “reducing federal spending and fostering conditions that allow for job creation and economic growth.”

Gingrey, 70, established an obstetrics practice in Marietta after earning a chemistry degree from Georgia Tech in 1964, a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1968, completing an internship at Grady Memorial Hospital in downtown Atlanta and a residency at his medical alma mater in his native Augusta.

His career influences one of his top campaign issues.

“My first priority is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered reforms that lower costs and improve patient access to quality health care,” Gingrey said. “The president’s health care law portends to be the largest tax increase on the middle class in American history and will be a disaster for our health care system.”

Financial issues are the other cornerstones of his platform.

“I will continue supporting measures that drastically reduce federal spending while capping it at a much lower percentage of [gross domestic product],” Gingrey said.

The husband of the former Billie Ayers, father of four and now grandfather of 11, Gingrey won his first elected office in 1993 to the Marietta school board.

Next, he represented District 37 in the Georgia Senate from 1998 to 2002.

Gingrey said he will use his political experience to improve the economy.

“House Republicans have passed 30 jobs bills that continue to stack up in the Democrat-controlled Senate,” he said. “I will continue fighting to reduce burdensome regulations and taxes on small business owners, our nation’s economic engine.”

As of his July 11 filing with the Federal Election Commission, Gingrey has $1.7 million cash on hand.

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